Meditation

Meditation for 06/27/2019

Today’s Meditation is dedicated to my brother Jim and sister-in-law Pamela, on the occasion of their 43rd wedding anniversary!

“Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.” (Psalm 149:5)

Psalm 148 calls us to nature and all creation to praise God. This “hallelujah” psalm calls on His people for praise. His purpose becomes the purpose of His praying people. Public worship is a proper time for such praise.

A multitude of activities help people praise God properly. Praise gives way to petition for God to punish His enemies, the nation’s enemies. In this verse in Psalm 149 God’s people are reminded that we can always rejoice in the Lord. When you are down, praise Him; when you are depressed, praise Him; when you are thankful, praise Him; when you are full of the Holy Spirit, praise Him! Praising God always lifts our own spirits, no matter what is going on in our lives.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, our psalm today is a gentle reminder that we can praise You at any time in our lives and that is so doing, we are lifted up in spirit. Our joy comes from You and we should never forget that our salvation comes from You. We love You and honor You with our praise and thanksgivings. Help us always remember that You alone are to be praised. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Being a believer takes more than merely believing.

KNOWING GOD:

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk3:17-18)

Relationship to God can bring hopeful joy even in the midst of crisis and catastrophe. The prophet affirmed his confidence in the God of his salvation. Although nature failed to yield her fruit, he would rejoice in the Lord. This is the correct attitude of all God’s people. Nothing should prevent us from faithfully rejoicing in the Lord.

I AM:

Salvation, Joy: (Revelation18:20)

Keeping God with us brings victory over all our foes. All of God’s people can rejoice that no power in earth or heaven can overcome Him, or us in Him. God and His people will win in the end. This certainly gives us comfort and encourages our joy, but I like Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Trinity), and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Second Thought of the Day:

“So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:22, 24)

Beloved the world cannot give or take away the joy Christ gives. Joy comes as we stay in communication with Christ through prayer. The Christian’s joy depends on the exercise of prayer privileges. We exercise that privilege by praying to the Father through Christ. Previously, the disciples had relied on Jesus’ physical presence. The new experience of asking in the name of the ascended Christ brought new power and joy, and such power and joy remain available for believers. Is this how you pray?

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